Last year, at the end of school, the guidance counselor at my daughter’s school told her that she needed to upgrade her math courses for what she wanted to take in college.
My daughter had to take 3 college level math courses. So she went to summer school and busted her buttocks to get the first of the three. Then she goes back to school in September and finds out that the second course she needs isn’t available until second semester. Which means that she’ll have to wait until second semester and then go back again for first semester next year, if they offer the course she needs in the first semester next year.
My daughter has all the credits she needs for graduation. She’s just handing in her volunteer hours and it’s official. So this means that she needs to go back to school for a year and a half to get these credits. She could attend night school, but there isn’t a night school offered close to our neighbourhood and I’m not comfortable with her going all about the city, perhaps into some not so nice areas, so she can get an extra credit or two.
Then the husband speaks to the guidance counselor to voice his dissatisfaction with the whole situation and it turns out that my daughter doesn’t need those classes after all. No. She needs a whole bunch of different courses. Which she could have taken in summer school to get started on them, but no. She was chasing the unnecessary math credit.
But to add even more fun to the party, the school my daughter is currently enrolled in, does not even offer the courses that she does need.
So, as we speak my daughter is now visiting the college and discussing with them what credits she still needs to get to apply at that college and then she and her Dad will be checking out and signing up at another school that does offer her the credits she wants to get.
I feel bad for my daughter, all her friends are at this other school. My daughter has a history and issues that make this sort of transition pretty scary for her. But my husband, the guidance counselor, my daughter and myself all agree that this is the necessary step that needs to be taken for her to go on to college. To continue her education and hopefully lead to her one day having the kind of job where she is earning more than minimum wage and able to pay for herself to have a life, not just to survive as so many end up doing these days.